Year of Call 2012
Samuel was called to the Bar in 2012 and is a Hardwicke and Eastham Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. He studied law at the University of Leicester and La Trobe University, Melbourne before completing the Bar course at the College of Law.
Samuel is rapidly building his defence practice and has appeared in numerous trials in the magistrates’ courts covering a wide range of offences. He has a good track record for securing acquittals and has been praised by solicitors for his attention to detail and personable approach. In the Crown Court he is regularly instructed for sentencing hearings and appeals against sentence and conviction.
Samuel also has a busy prosecution practice and is frequently instructed by the CPS. He acts regularly in private prosecutions in the Crown and magistrates’ courts on behalf of the National Probation Service, Royal Mail, DVSA and local authorities.
Samuel accepts instructions in a broad range of civil work and is particularly interested in matters with a criminal dimension. He has appeared in committal hearings following breaches of injunctions and acted in possession hearings. He is regularly instructed by HMRC in cash detention and forfeiture proceedings. Samuel also acts for the police in licensing cases and for DVPO applications. He has experience of appealing decisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to the First-tier Tribunal.
He is instructed in road traffic and contractual small claims and in hearings for infant settlement approvals, charging orders and gas injunctions. He also provides advice on liability and quantum in personal injury cases. Samuel accepts instructions through the Government Legal Department’s Baby Barrister Scheme.
Samuel frequently appears in applications for non-molestation and occupation orders and in private law children disputes relating to contact and residence. He is keen to expand his practice in public law children in the future having assisted on complex cases during pupillage including those where there were serious injuries to babies.
Samuel accepts pro bono instructions as a panel member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit. He is a committee member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers Midlands – a group of lawyers campaigning for a sustainable legal aid system – and acts as a mentor to law students. He is also a committee member of Nottingham Speakers’ Corner and arranges events promoting free speech and public debate in the city.
Before starting pupillage Samuel was a paralegal at John Ford Solicitors in London where he had his own caseload in community care, education and public law acting exclusively for individuals. As an intern at JUSTICE he assisted in their third party intervention in the Supreme Court case R (Nunn) (Appellant) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary  UKSC 37 on the issue of post-conviction disclosure.
Samuel spent three months at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans where he assisted lawyers defending people facing the death penalty. His work included prison visits, mitigation research and attending hearings. Following this he joined legal action charity Reprieve for five months as Clive Stafford Smith’s intern working exclusively on the case of Kris Maharaj, a British businessman wrongly convicted and sentenced to death in Florida.
Samuel tutored students as part of Big Voice London, a project giving young people a voice in legal policy, having previously taught English in Uganda and South Korea. He has volunteered for Victim Support, the Refugee Council and the Birmingham TUC Centre for the Unemployed and helped to establish the Benefits Legal group to assist people with their benefits claims.